Ureshino, Saga

Ureshino (嬉野市, Ureshino-shi) is a city located in the western part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 26,937 and a population density of 210 persons per km2.[1] The total area is 126.51 km2.

Ureshino
嬉野市
Flag of Ureshino
Official seal of Ureshino
Location of Ureshino in Saga Prefecture
Location of Ureshino in Saga Prefecture
Ureshino is located in Japan
Ureshino
Ureshino
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°8′N 130°4′E / 33.133°N 130.067°E / 33.133; 130.067Coordinates: 33°8′N 130°4′E / 33.133°N 130.067°E / 33.133; 130.067
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu
PrefectureSaga Prefecture
Government
 • MayorTaichiro Taniguchi (since February 2006)
Area
 • Total126.51 km2 (48.85 sq mi)
Population
 (February 28, 2017)
 • Total26,937
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1769 Babashitakō, Shiota-chō, Ureshino-shi, Saga-ken
849–1411
Websitewww.city.ureshino.lg.jp
Symbols
FlowerCherry blossom, Wisteria
TreeCamellia sinensis
Ureshino city hall

The modern city of Ureshino was formed on January 1, 2006, by the merger of the former town of Ureshino, absorbing the town of Shiota (both from Fujitsu District). Ureshino is locally known for the green tea grown there and its hot spring resorts.

Adjoining municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

  • 1889-04-01 – The modern municipal system was established. The current city region is occupied by 6 villages (Gochōda, Higashiureshino, Kuma, Nishiureshino, Shiota and Yoshida).
  • 1918-10-05 – Shiota was elevated to town status.
  • 1929-04-22 – Nishiureshino was elevated to town status and was renamed Ureshino.
  • 1933-04-01 – Higashiureshino was incorporated into Ureshino.
  • 1955-04-01 – Yoshida was incorporated into Ureshino.
  • 1956-09-01 – Gochōda and Kuma were incorporated into Shiota.
  • 2006-01-01 – Ureshino absorbed Shiota to create Ureshino City.

EducationEdit

Prefectural senior high schoolsEdit

  • Shiota Technical Senior High School
  • Ureshino Senior High School

Municipal junior high schoolsEdit

  • Ōnohara Junior High School
  • Shiota Junior High School
  • Ureshino Junior High School
  • Yoshida Junior High School

Municipal elementary schoolsEdit

  • Gochōda Elementary School
  • Kuma Elementary School
  • Ōkusano Elementary School
  • Ōnohara Elementary School
  • Shiota Elementary School
  • Todoroki Elementary School
  • Ureshino Elementary School
  • Yoshida Elementary School

TransportEdit

AirEdit

The closest airports are Nagasaki Airport and Saga Airport.

RailEdit

There are no railway stations in Ureshino. The closest are Hizen-Kashima Station in Kashima and Takeo-Onsen Station in Takeo.

RoadEdit

Places and items of interestEdit

Hizen Yume KaidōEdit

 
Hizen Yume Kaidō

This amusement park is a reproduction of a town along the Nagasaki Kaidō, a major route which ran through the region in the 17th century during the Edo period. There are dramatic shows that include samurai, ninjas and princesses, shown on the weekends.

Ureshino SpaEdit

The city boasts some of the region's best onsen, including Shibasansou, Taishoya, and Warakuen. There are currently over 40 spas in the area, both indoor and outdoor, ranging in size and water quality. Tourists may purchase a discount spa ticket from the local Tourist Information Office, located at the Ureshino Highway Interchange.

Ureshino Onsen TofuEdit

Onsen water is used to make this delightful local dish. The alkaline in the water makes the bean curd in the tofu soft and mellow when it is heated in ceramic pots. Onsen tofu is traditionally served with condiments such as green onion, ginger, and sesame paste to taste.

Ureshino green teaEdit

 
The Tea Tree at Mount Fudō

Ureshino is an area surrounded by green tea fields, and is well known as one of the best green tea producers in Japan, as the method of tea production dates back to 1504, when it was first introduced from China during the Ming dynasty. This tradition has been carried on today in the delicate aroma and flavour of the tea.

Festivals and eventsEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • Takeo Onsen Health Road Race (嬉野温泉健康ロードレース大会)

FebruaryEdit

  • Ureshino Attaka Festival (うれしのあったかまつり)

AprilEdit

  • Ureshino Tea Mitto (うれしの茶ミット)
  • Oyama-san Festival (お山さんまつり)

AugustEdit

  • Happy Carnival (うれしカーニバル)
  • Takeo Onsen Summer Festival (嬉野温泉夏まつり)

NovemberEdit

  • Hachiman Shrine Festival (八幡宮例祭)
  • Tanjō Shrine Shiota Kunchi (丹生神社例祭塩田くんち)

DecemberEdit

  • Hachiten Shrine Grand Festival (八天神社例大祭)

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